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McLeod Health honors Colones with portrait

on Monday, 07 June 2021. Posted in Local News, FEATURES

Leod Health President Emeritus Robert L. Colones stands beside a portrait of himself that was unveiled during a ceremony last week at McLeod Regional Medical Center.

McLeod Health celebrated the unveiling of a portrait to honor President Emeritus Robert L. Colones on Tuesday, June 1. During a portrait unveiling ceremony at the McLeod Medical Plaza, McLeod Health Board of Trustees Chairman Benjamin T. Zeigler, chairman of the McLeod Health Board of Trustees, opened the evening by video welcoming Colones’ family members, friends, current and former colleagues. Zeigler was followed by remarks on Colones’ 40-year career with McLeod Health by John Braddy, former chairman of the McLeod Health Board; Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dale Lusk; and President and CEO Donna Isgett. In his remarks, Braddy said, “Over the years, I have heard the phrase, ‘There is a special culture at McLeod.’ The culture at McLeod was driven from the top down. It started with Rob as he developed the original quality and safety work at McLeod. When I first joined the Board of Trustees, members told me to listen, learn and most importantly to trust Rob. During my 15 years on the board, there has never been a time that I did not trust Rob.” “ Many of us formulate our own ideas and philosophies about what constitutes a great leader,” said Isgett. “Words like remarkable, extraordinary, inspirational and visionary come into play. And while these characteristics often accompany reflections on the professional career of Rob, it’s what he would downplay the most. Rob’s legacy and strength is his humility, eternal hope and honesty. It’s his constancy in seeking favor not in the eyes of men, but in the heart of God. He has poured out daily for more than four decades his gifts of insights, brilliance and integrity, and I am one of many, many people, better for it. ” Tuesday’s event marked the 32nd portrait honoring individuals during the past three decades. Colones now serves as President Emeritus, an advisory position designed to provide historical perspective and guidance. He most recently served as President and CEO of the organization since 2002. Under his leadership and direction for two decades, McLeod Health has thrived and grown into a leading health system recognized nationally for its quality and safety initiatives. He has passionately led the charge for the McLeod organization to be physician-led, data-driven and evidence-based. Colones joined McLeod Regional Medical Center in 1981 as the director of business services and director of strategic planning. Since that time, he served in numerous leadership roles prior to his service as CEO for nearly two decades. In 1989, he was appointed vice president of patient services with responsibility for the McLeod Heart Institute, McLeod Behavioral Health and McLeod Professional Services. He was promoted in 1994 to executive vice president and chief operating officer. Rob and his beloved late wife, Deb Colones, have three sons

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